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Mushroom & Blue Cheese Ragout

Mushroom & Blue Cheese Ragout is one of those recipes that makes anything you serve with it, better. You can already tell by the photos, it’s not the tomato or meat based ragu we all love on pasta. Although when you taste this you might be tempted to pour it over pasta, or sandwiches, or […]

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Veal Parmesan: Comfort Food for Black Forest Fire Victims

It has taken nearly a month to write this post for my friends and community affected by the Black Forest Fire. In the span of that time, heartbreaking stories unfolded, grief set in, and we reflected on the anniversary of the massive evacuation we were part of during the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 26th […]

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Beef Curry: Massaman Style

  The curry adventure continues … Before we shift gears and start thinking about roasted turkeys and holiday baking next week, it seemed only fitting to follow-up curried fowl with a little curried cow. It was a lot of fun sharing the Basic Chicken Curry recipe and my notes from the curry class with you […]

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Lil’ Italy Burger Recipe & Hiatus

It has been a while since I’ve had creative time in the kitchen; we’ve been in maintenance mode since the end of June. A string of easy, go-to meals became a real lifeline … sometimes dependable, get-it-on-the-table (boring) is what life demands. Yes, even food bloggers have seasons when inspiration is lacking and we rely […]

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Roasted Green Chili Burgers: Cinco de Mayo & National Burger Month

May is National Burger Month and Cinco de Mayo is as good a reason as any to partake in south of the border flavors this weekend.  Roasted Green Chili Burgers seemed like the ideal recipe to celebrate both and light the grill. Smoky chilies and cheese mixed right in the burger, topped with salsa mayonnaise […]

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Pioneer Woman’s Sloppy Joes and Caramelized Onion Sprouted Wheat Buns Recipe

Would you believe that in 28 years of cooking and loving food, last week was the first time I ever made Sloppy Joes? If I am going to make a sandwich out of ground beef, my husband would much prefer a hamburger, hence no Joes of any kind, sloppy or otherwise. Growing up in the […]

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Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar: Modena Magic

Years ago I used balsamic vinegar for marinades and salad dressings, thinking I was a culinary genius (ah, youth). Although I still use what we call balsamic in the U.S. for these same applications, our trip to Italy opened my eyes to true balsamic vinegar. The sweet, tangy, complex, thick syrup garnishing our cheese plate […]

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Reuben Sandwiches for St. Patrick’s Day

Flogging Molly set the mood, while fresh baked rye buns were prepped and ready to hold all we had assembled for our Reuben Sandwiches. As I mentioned in the previous post Sprouted Rye Sandwich Buns, from the time the rye flour was ordered I’d been scheming to build a Reuben sandwich in honor of St. […]

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Scampi-Style Steak & Scallops with Roasted Asparagus: 30-Minute Valentine Dinner

  Have you ever gone out for Valentine’s Day only to be disappointed by the noise level of the restaurant, food that didn’t quite measure up, or felt rushed by the wait staff to move along for the their next seating?  We have more than once. Are you tempted to try something different, skip the […]

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Secret Ingredient Beef Stew: Reviewing The Food52 Cookbook

It is always fun when I can share a recipe from a cookbook review, it is a little bit like sharing a secret with a friend.  Although I couldn’t post the recipe for Chicken with Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce, I hope it gave you a feel for the variety of recipes compiled in The Food52 […]

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